NEWPORT NEWS—Following President Joe Biden’s six-pronged vaccine mandate issued September 9, Huntington Ingalls Industries—the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding—is requiring all employees be fully vaccinated by December 8.
The presidential mandate requires all employers with more than 100 employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly. It further requires all federal workers and contractors that do business with the government to also be fully vaccinated.
In a message to all HII employees, President and CEO Mike Petters wrote, “While Huntington Ingalls Industries is a publicly traded company, we are a federal contractor because we provide services to our military and government customers through federal contracts. For that reason, we are bound by any regulations, policies, and contractual provisions that apply to all federal contractors.”
Petters went on to say, “We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our employees while continuing our critical mission to support our customers and the nation’s security. I thank you for keeping one another safe and for the important work you do each day.”
The letter from Petters was sent out shortly after the Safer Federal Task Force issued updated guidance and an explanation of protocols for federal contractors.